- University of Notre Dame
- Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
- Affiliation During NDIAS Fellowship: University of Cambridge
- Pampusch Scholar, Residential Fellow (2015-2016)
- "Memory and the Whole Christ: Augustine and the Psalms"
Kevin Grove is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and assistant professor of systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame. Grove completed his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge in 2015. After a semester of post-doctoral research at L’Institut Catholique of Paris, Grove joined the NDIAS for the 2015-2016 academic year. He began his current post with the Theology Department at Notre Dame in fall 2016. A systematic theologian, his scholarship focuses on Christology, memory, St. Augustine, and the history and spirituality of Blessed Basil Moreau.
Grove has been invited to present his research in international contexts including England, Belgium, Poland, Malta, and France, in addition to the United States. The forthcoming publications from his research will appear from presses Ashgate, Brepols, LIT-Verlag, Verlag Friedrich Pustet, and the University of Notre Dame. Grove is also the co-editor of Basil Moreau: Essential Writings (2014) as well a regular writer of academic book reviews.
During Grove’s graduate studies, he was a member of Trinity College, Cambridge as well as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He was the Rev. John Zahm, CSC, lecturer at the University of Portland for 2014. In addition to his academic activities, he served as Assistant Roman Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge during his studies. Now as a member of the Notre Dame community, Grove is a priest and faculty member in residence in Dunne Hall and a chaplain to the faculty.
Augustine on Memory
Oxford University Press, 2021
Augustine of Hippo, indisputably one of the most important figures for the study of memory, is credited with establishing memory as the inner source of selfhood and locus of the search for God. Yet, those who study memory in Augustine have never before taken into account his preaching. His sermons are the sources of memory’s greatest development for Augustine. In Augustine’s preaching, especially on the Psalms, the interior gives way to communal exterior. Both the self and search for God are re-established in a shared Christological identity and the communal labors of remembering and forgetting.
This book opens with Augustine’s early works and Confessions as the beginning of memory and concludes with Augustine’s Trinity and preaching on Psalm 50 as the end of memory. The heart of the book, the work of memory, sets forth how ongoing remembering and forgetting in Christ are for Augustine are foundational to the life of grace. To that end, Augustine and his congregants go leaping in memory together, keep festival with abiding traces, and become forgetful runners like St. Paul. Remembering and forgetting in Christ, the ongoing work of memory, prove for Augustine to be actions of reconciliation of the distended experiences of human life-of praising and groaning, labouring and resting, solitude and communion. Augustine on Memory presents this new communal and Christological paradigm not only for Augustinian studies, but also for theologians, philosophers, ethicists, and interdisciplinary scholars of memory.